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Old Mar 21, 2013, 02:26 PM   #1
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Apple Increases Account Security With Optional Two-Step Verification System for Apple IDs




Apple has implemented a new two-step verification system for Apple IDs (via 9to5Mac), adding an additional layer of protection for Apple accounts with an extra security code and a "trusted" device.
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Two-step verification will require you to verify your identity using one of your devices before you can make changes to your account or make an iTunes or App Store purchase from a new device.*You will also get a Recovery Key for safekeeping which you can use to access your account if you ever forget your password or lose your device.
Once enabled, the new system replaces the standard security questions that are asked before users make purchases on a new device and password resets can only be done from the designated iPhone or iPad.

As the recovery key is used in place of security questions, keeping it secure is of the utmost importance. A lost or forgotten key can be recovered with a trusted device and a password, just as a password can be recovered with a trusted device and a recovery key.

The verification system will request a password that has one letter, one number, one capital letter, and at least eight characters. If such a password is not already in use, users will need to wait three days to fully enable two-step verification. Users with an already compliant password can move on immediately to the next step.

A security code will be sent through SMS or using the Find My iPhone app, and during setup, users can choose a single trusted device. To begin the process, users can visit the Apple ID website to implement two-step verification.

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Old Mar 21, 2013, 02:27 PM   #2
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1234.....how did Apple know my security code!!???
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Old Mar 21, 2013, 02:28 PM   #3
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1234.....how did Apple know my security code!!???
John Appleseed? Is that really you?
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Old Mar 21, 2013, 02:29 PM   #4
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Can apple make it anymore annoying...geeez
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Old Mar 21, 2013, 02:29 PM   #5
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Fantastic news! These sort of systems are really awesome, has saved me once with my Gmail account. Wish more companies would implement them!
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Old Mar 21, 2013, 02:29 PM   #6
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As much as two-step authentic verification is annoying, I will turn it on, as I have for my other services.
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Old Mar 21, 2013, 02:30 PM   #7
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Good start.....need to push this out to iCloud logins too.
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Old Mar 21, 2013, 02:31 PM   #8
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Can apple make it anymore annoying...geeez
Perhaps you missed the part that it's optional?

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Old Mar 21, 2013, 02:31 PM   #9
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Old Mar 21, 2013, 02:36 PM   #10
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Hmmm... not there for me... US-only or gradual deployment or both?

EDIT: And yes, my password is compliant...
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Old Mar 21, 2013, 02:37 PM   #11
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Hmmm... not there for me... US-only or gradual deployment or both?
Me neither. None of 3 Apple ID accounts that I have tried (all US) have two-step verification available.
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They can't send the verification code via iMessage or email?
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Finally! Apple making progress on security.
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1234.....how did Apple know my security code!!???
That's the kind of code only an idiot would have on his luggage... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6iW-8xPw3k
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Well I think this is good news. Annoying maybe but I would rather be annoyed by this than someone getting my CC info and then having to fight the credit card companies and the credit score agencies.
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as if 1234 is a safe pin code
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Perhaps you missed the part that it's optional?

Optional today, mandatory tomorrow. Even though online security is necessary, my hope is that it will be less annoying in the future.

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Optional today, mandatory tomorrow. Even though online security is necessary, my hope is that it will be less annoying in the future.

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Logged in to appleid.apple.com and can't find the option. Anyone know how the rollout is happening?
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Old Mar 21, 2013, 02:43 PM   #21
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Initially, two-step verification is being offered in the U.S., UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand. Additional countries will be added over time.
Kind of Sucks ...
A feature yet not available over here!
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Old Mar 21, 2013, 02:44 PM   #22
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In before the google lovers claim Android had this first.
Apple gets it right!
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Old Mar 21, 2013, 02:44 PM   #23
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They can't send the verification code via iMessage or email?
No, because an untrusted device can receive it.
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Logged in to appleid.apple.com and can't find the option. Anyone know how the rollout is happening?
Its only available in the United States, UK, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand.
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Logged in to appleid.apple.com and can't find the option. Anyone know how the rollout is happening?
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5570
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